Sustainable gift guide

Sure, this season shouldn’t be about stuff.

It’s about showing the people you care about that you love them. It’s about sharing food with family and friends and those less fortunate. It’s about celebrating the life of a persecuted Middle Eastern refugee from 2,000 years ago.

But, you really can’t deny that unwrapping a present is delightful. My suggestion is to mix the donations to good causes in with thoughtful, well-crafted, non-toxic, sustainably made items that will make their heart glow.

I scoured my favorite shops for the most beautiful, classic, useful, and sustainable things I could find for everyone on your list. Here they are!

For Anyone

A gift to the Nature Conservancy in the recipient's name. Choose to direct it toward work in Appalachia, the Sierra, or the Prairie to make it more personal!

A gift to the Nature Conservancy in the recipient’s name. Choose to direct it toward work in Appalachia, the Sierra, or the Prairie to make it more personal!

Perfect for their briefcase or purse, it's a perfect gateway bottle to eco living.

Perfect for their briefcase or purse, it’s a perfect gateway bottle to eco living.

Soapstone mug keeps your drink hot or cold // Eco-Friendly Holiday Gifts

This soapstone mug will keep your beverage cold or warm longer. And make you look like a boss.

A candle that is classy enough for a lady, and masculine enough for a guy.

A candle that is classy enough for a lady, and masculine enough for a guy.

An apron that is pre-gift wrapped! What could be better?

An apron that is pre-gift wrapped! What could be better?

A reminder that you like to hang out with them IRL, too.

A reminder that you like to hang out with them IRL, too.

Have you ever felt alpaca? Trust: it's the softest thing on the planet

Have you ever felt alpaca? Trust: it’s the softest thing on the planet.

This is for the friendly, solo bees who pollinate your garden. Give them a fashionable home!

This is for the friendly, solo bees who pollinate your garden. Give them a fashionable home!

For Her

These adorable, affordable handmade bud vases are hand glazed on the site of the old imperial kilns in Jingdezhen, China.

These adorable, affordable handmade bud vases are hand glazed on the site of the old imperial kilns in Jingdezhen, China.

Because you send her this emoji all. the. time. Recycled solid 14k yellow gold is sourced and handcrafted in New York City.

Because you send her this emoji all. the. time. Recycled solid 14k yellow gold is sourced and handcrafted in New York City.

Organic cotton with vegetable dye. The back says, "There is no planet B."

Organic cotton with vegetable dye. The back says, “There is no planet B.”

When artisan craftsmanship gets luxe. John Hardy jewelry is ethically made in Bali.

When artisan craftsmanship gets luxe. John Hardy jewelry is ethically made in Bali.

This nail polish ups the ante by being 8-free: no DBP, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene, camphor, parabens, xylene, ethyl tosylamide or THPH.

This nail polish ups the ante by being 8-free: no DBP, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene, camphor, parabens, xylene, ethyl tosylamide or THPH.

For the jetsetter in your life. 100% super warm Mongolian cashmere with a custom printed silk and organic jersey eye mask.

For the jetsetter in your life. 100% super warm Mongolian cashmere with a custom printed silk and organic jersey eye mask.

She's been through a lot of BS this year. Help her let it go with this gift.

She’s been through a lot of BS this year. Help her let it go with this gift.

Recycled gold and tourmaline earrings for the raw yet refined woman in your life.

Recycled gold and tourmaline earrings for the edgy yet elegant woman in your life.

Made from ethically-sourced cashmere in a vertical, family owned and run mill in Scotland that is one of the oldest in the U.K.

Made from ethically-sourced cashmere in a vertical, family owned and run mill in Scotland that is one of the oldest in the U.K.

Jersey knit robe made in the U.S.A.

She’ll love to snuggle in this jersey knit robe made in the U.S.A.

Vegan and free of parabens, sulfates, dyes, synthetic fragrances, preservatives, or bad vibes.

Vegan and free of parabens, sulfates, dyes, synthetic fragrances, preservatives, or bad vibes.

Timber-Dry; eco-conscious waterproof membrane is made from 50% recycled plastic bottles, and laces are 100% organic cotton.

Timber-Dry; eco-conscious waterproof membrane is made from 50% recycled plastic bottles, and laces are 100% organic cotton.

100% of proceeds support the young moms in Chicago who create this candle. Soy wax & phthalate-free fragrance

100% of proceeds support the young moms in Chicago who create this candle. Soy wax & phthalate-free fragrance

Don't forget to put a picture in: hand carved in India from sustainably-grown mango wood.

Don’t forget to put a picture in: hand carved in India from sustainably-grown mango wood.

For Him

Get him ready for the New Year with this compendium of the most popular men's hairstyles of the 20th century from the undercut and the afro to the Madison Ave look.

Get him ready for the New Year with this compendium of the most popular men’s hairstyles of the 20th century from the undercut and the afro to the Madison Ave look.

An ethically made cotton button down that says, "I have a good job that I love."

An ethically made cotton button down that says, “I have a good job that I love.”

A luxe gold Indian bracelet. Marteau will donate 20% of all sales to causes that have been directly compromised by the agenda of our president-elect. Center for Reproductive Rights, Southern Poverty Law Center, Peace over Violence, Everytown for Gun Safety & The Natural Resources Defense Council.

A luxe gold Indian bracelet. Marteau will donate 20% of all sales to causes that have been attacked by our president-elect. Center for Reproductive Rights, Southern Poverty Law Center, Peace over Violence, Everytown for Gun Safety & The Natural Resources Defense Council.

I mean, don't we all? 100% cotton with water-based inks, made in the U.S.A.

I mean, don’t we all? 100% cotton with water-based inks, made in the U.S.A.

Topography blanket for the hiker who likes to snuggle. Made in the heritage Woolrich factory in PA.

Topography blanket for the hiker who likes to snuggle. Made in the heritage Woolrich factory in PA.

This 100% silk, fair trade, artisan made pocket square will bring out his bad ass side.

This 100% silk, fair trade, artisan made pocket square will bring out his bad ass side.

This ethically made backpack has a padded pocket for his laptop and side pocket for his reusable water bottle.

This ethically made backpack has a padded pocket for his laptop and side pocket for his reusable water bottle.

He'll be so cozy knowing this scarf is made from recycling polyester and organic cotton.

He’ll be so cozy knowing this scarf is made from recycling polyester and organic cotton.

Give him a reason to plan a weekend trip with this vegetable- tanned leather and cotton bag made in Colorado.

Give him a reason to plan a weekend trip with this vegetable- tanned leather and cotton bag made in Colorado.

One of the best things I ever bought for my own dude: this vegetable-tanned leather crafted to world-class environmental standards in gold-rated tanneries.

One of the best things I ever bought for my own dude: this vegetable-tanned leather crafted to world-class environmental standards in gold-rated tanneries.

He wears his clothing until it falls apart. Get him this hoodie that is guaranteed not to do so for 10 years.

He wears his clothing until it falls apart. Get him this hoodie that is guaranteed not to do so for 10 years.

Just a little inspiration for him, with 69 of the world’s most influential and creative men.

Just a little inspiration for him, with 69 of the world’s most influential and creative men.

For Kids and Babies

Magnetic, chalkboard painted car pieces encourage creative play. Non-toxic, low VOC finishes.

Magnetic, chalkboard painted car pieces encourage creative play. Non-toxic, low VOC finishes.

Non-Toxic tattoos // eco-friendly gifts for kids

Non-toxic temporary tattoos will make her or him ready for a mini music festival!

Alpaca stuffed owls so soft you might try to take your gift back.

Alpaca stuffed owls so soft you might try to take your gift back.

A complete country kitchen playset with pots, pans, sustainable materials, and a healthy dose of non-gender-conformity.

A complete country kitchen playset with pots, pans, sustainable materials, and a healthy dose of non-gender-conformity.

Natural dyes and organic cotton make this fit for a future captain.

Natural dyes and organic cotton make this fit for a future captain.

Handmade in Montana from Loomstate canvas and FSC-certified wood.

Handmade in Montana from Loomstate canvas and FSC-certified wood.

Ethically made in Lahore, Pakistan by Victoria Road's team of artisans. Girl power!

Ethically made in Lahore, Pakistan by Victoria Road’s team of artisans.

This organic baby oil is meant for giving your baby a bonding massage.

This organic baby oil is meant for giving your baby a bonding massage.

This make your own nail polish kit is 5-free (Toluene free, Formaldehyde free, DBP-Dibutyl Phthalate free, Formaldehyde Resin free, Camphor free)

This make your own nail polish kit is 5-free (Toluene free, Formaldehyde free, DBP-Dibutyl Phthalate free, Formaldehyde Resin free, Camphor free)

Made in the USA from sustainably harvested birch plywood and non-toxic water based inks.

Made in the USA from sustainably harvested birch plywood and non-toxic water based inks.

Made of old growth pine that was once a floor joist in a 19th-century home.

Made of old growth pine that was once a floor joist in a 19th-century home.

A classy update to the potholder project that you'll actually want to hang on your wall!

A classy update to the potholder project that you’ll actually want to hang on your wall!

After it's done being a mobile, it can be cut to make her a doll and star pillow. Made in the United States of linen, up-cycled cashmere, and Nature-Fil™ Corn Fiberfill.

After it’s done being a mobile, it can be cut to make her a doll and star pillow. Made in the United States of linen, up-cycled cashmere, and Nature-Fil™ Corn Fiberfill.

Remind them what they're fighting for. Made with recycled cotton and polyester.

Remind them what they’re fighting for. Made with recycled cotton and polyester.